- The definition of hard-pressed is barely able, or experiencing distress.
If you aren't sure you can afford a $100 ticket to a concert, this is an example of when you are hard-pressed to come up with the money to go to the concert.
hard-pressed definition by Webster's New World
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confronted with a difficulty or harassment
hard-pressed definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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Experiencing great difficulty or distress: financially hard-pressed.
hard-pressed - Phrases/Idioms
Overburdened, put upon, as in With all these bills to pay we find ourselves hard pressed. [c. 1800]